Are you ready for some football? Topps certainly is and they are cranking out product images and preliminary checklist information for 2011 Topps Platinum Football which is scheduled to release on September 9.
All of the top rookies will be represented with autograph and event used jersey cards. The number of hits per hobby box remains unchanged from 2010 - 3 autographs with 2 being rookie cards. The top rookies to collect so far in 2011 appear to be the early round QB's - Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder and Blaine Gabbert as well as skill players A.J. Green, Julio Jones and Mark Ingram. 2011 Topps Platinum Football will be available at both the retail and hobby level - with the hobby boxes guaranteeing the three hits. Expect retail blasters to be priced at $19.99 with 8 packs per box - 4 cards per pack. Prices for hobby boxes could vary depending on the NFL lockout situation which could hurt the demand for football cards.
The only new feature for 2011 Platinum Football that I could see were the Platinum Die-Cut Insert Cards featuring new NFL rookies and current stars. With the threat of the lockout - it could mean that there will be no "Rookie Premiere Photo Shoot" where companies like Topps, Upper Deck and Panini are able to obtain thousands of autographs and event used jerseys. If no event takes place, Topps may have to either coordinate an event themselves, do private signings and jersey swaps, or the worse fear for collectors - insert redemption cards for jersey/patch cards. It appears as though Topps has been able to secure autographs of many of the top picks including Ingram, Newton and Gabbert. Early mock up pictures of these cards may change as Topps will want to photograph them in their NFL uniform.
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